Tanjore Balasaraswati known as Balasaraswati, was a celebrated Indian dancer, her rendering of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style originated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, made this style of dancing well known in different parts of India and many parts of the world. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1957 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1977, the third and the second highest civilian honours given by the Government of India. In 1981 she was awarded the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award of Chennai. Balasaraswati was a seventh generation representative of a traditional matrilineal family of temple musicians and dancers, who have been described as the greatest single repository of the traditional performing arts of music and dance of the southern region of India, her ancestor, was a musician and dancer patronized in the mid-eighteenth century by the court of Thanjavur. Her grandmother, Vina Dhanammal, is considered by many to be the most influential musician of the early twentieth century.
Her mother, Jayammal was a singer who encouraged the training of Balasaraswati and was her accompanist. Balasaraswati created a revolution in traditional music and dance for bharata natyam, a combination of the performance arts of music and dance, she learned music within the family from her infancy, her rigorous training in dance was begun when she was four under the distinguished dance teacher K. Kandappan Pillai, a member of the famed Thanjavur Nattuvanar family, her younger brothers were the musicians T. Ranganathan and T. Viswanathan who would both become prominent performers and teachers in India and the United States, her daughter, Lakshmi Knight, became a distinguished performer of her mother's style. Her grandson Aniruddha Knight continues to perform the family style today, is artistic director of Bala Music and Dance Association in the United States and the Balasaraswati School of Dance in India, her son-in-law Douglas M. Knight, Jr. has written her biography with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Famous Indian film maker Satyajit Ray made a documentary on her works. Balasaraswati's debut took place in 1925, she was the first performer of her traditional style outside of South India, performing first in Calcutta in 1934. As a young teenager, she was seen by choreographer Uday Shankar, who became an ardent promoter of her performances, throughout the 1930s she captured the imagination of audiences across India, she went on to a global career that attracted international critical attention and the respect of dance greats such as Shambhu Maharaj, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham. Interest in bharata natyam rebounded in the 1950s as the public became interested in promoting a unique Indian art form. Balasaraswati, encouraged by an administrator at the Music Academy in Madras, established a dance school in association with the institution. There she trained new dancers in bharata natyam as per her vision. In the early 1960s she travelled globally, with performances in East Asia and North America.
That decade, throughout the 1970s, into the early 1980s, she visited the United States and held residencies—as both a teacher and a performer—at Wesleyan University, California Institute of the Arts, Mills College, the University of Washington, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other institutions. Through her international engagements as well as her activities in India in Madras, Balasaraswati not only exposed countless audiences to the traditional style of bharata natyam but trained many new practitioners of the art form, she received numerous awards in India, including the President's Award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Padma Vibushan from the Government of India for distinguished national service and Sangita Kalanidhi from the Madras Music Academy, South India's highest award for musicians. In a review in 1977, the New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff described her as one of the "supreme performing artists in the world". India Today, one of the leading news magazine of India, based on a survey, classified her as one of the 100 prominent Indians who have shaped the destiny of India.
She was the only non-western dancer included in a compilation of the Dance Heritage Coalition, "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100". Dancing in India Bharatanatyam Mani Madhava Chakyar Bengali film director Satyajit Ray made a documentary film on Balasaraswati named Bala. BALASARASWATI, by Dr. V. K Narayana Menon, Inter-National Culture Center, 16 Hailey Road, New Delhi 1, India India’s 50 Most Illustrious Women by Indra Gupta Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life, by Douglas M. Knight Jr. Wesleyan University Press, ISBN 978-0819569066 Bala, a documentary by Satyajit Ray, online "Hasta As Discourse on Music: T. Balasaraswati and her Art", by Kay Poursine, Dance Research Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, Autumn, 1991 "Bala in the US", by Kay Poursine, Nartanam - Vol. IX - No. 4 "1918-1984". Balasaraswati.com. Retrieved 2016-11-22. "The Inspiration". Kpoursine.com. Retrieved 2016-11-22. "World Music In the Schools". Center for World Music. Retrieved 2016-11-22
Khurshed Alam Khan
Khurshed Alam Khan was an Indian politician and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party. He was Governor of Karnataka from 1991 to 1999 and governor of Goa from 1989 to 1991. Before that, he was Union minister of External affairs in Government of India, he was associated with Jamia Millia Islamia. Khurshed Alam Khan was born on 5 February 1919 in Pitaura Village Farrukhabad District of Uttar Pradesh. After his early education, he joined the Agra University as a student of the prestigious St. John's College, where, he obtained a bachelor's degree with distinction and a master degree in History, he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, U. S. A. where he completed a course in Management Studies. Khan had an abiding interest in education, he was a member of the Governing Body of Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial College, New Delhi, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the YMCA Institute of Faridabad. His abiding interest had been in the Jamia Millia Islamia University at Delhi.
It was through the efforts of Khan that Parliament enacted a Law hereby the Jamia Millia Islamia became an independent University. Khurshed Alam Khan was the Chancellor of this university, he was member of Council of Indian Institutes of Technology. Khurshed Alam Khan had the distinction of being a distinguished Parliamentarian for over 15 years as a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, he was the member of the Rajya Sabha from 1974–84 and the member of the 8th Lok Sabha from 1984–89, representing Farrukhabad constituency. He was a Member of the Union Council of ministers and has handled various portfolios, External Affairs, Civil Aviation and Commerce; as minister for External Affairs, he toured extensively in the world. He had the distinction of addressing the United Nations as the Security Council on a number of occasions; the Foreign ministers' Conference of Non-Aligned Countries at Delhi and Luanda was presided over by him. In 1988, he represented India at the Republican Party Convention of the U.
S. A, he resigned his Lok Sabha seat when he was appointed the Governor of Goa on 18 July 1989. He officiated as the Governor of Maharashtra He has been the Governor of Karnataka since 6 January 1991, he officiated as the Governor of Kerala. The areas of special interest to Khrushed Alam Khan were education, tourism and urban development. Reading and Horticulture were favorite pastimes. Khurshed Alam Khan was the son-in-law of Dr. Zakir Hussain, the third President of India, married to his older daughter, Saeeda Khurshid. Salman Khurshid, former Union Minister for External Affairs, is the son of Khurshed Alam Khan, he has three daughters. Their names are Rehana Mishra, Nilofer Menon, Anjum Shirazi, he has several grandchildren, was present for a large part of his great-grandchildren's lives. Rajbhavan Karnataka
M. F. Husain
Maqbool Fida Husain was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, a founding member of Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. Husain is associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s, his early association with the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group used modern technique, was inspired by the "new" India after The Partition of 1947. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre, his themes—sometimes treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career, until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works. Husain is the internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain is known for his paintings, but is known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker and filmmaker; some of his works stirred controversy, as they depicted traditional deities of India in non-traditional ways including nude portrayals of the deities.
He directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter. In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, a film he worked on with his artist son Owais Husain, screened in the Marché du film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Husain was born on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra to a Sulaymani Bohra family who trace their roots back to Gujarat within the last 200 years, originally to Yemen, he picked up taste in art through studying calligraphy. Husain attended the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai. Early in his career Husain painted cinema posters in Mumbai. To earn extra money, he worked for a toy company building toys, he travelled to Gujarat to paint landscapes when he could afford to. Husain developed his painting skills in the 1930s, painting billboards for the growing Bollywood film industry; this was a clique of young artists who wished to break with the nationalist traditions established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian avant-garde, engaged at an international level.
The artists cite "The Partition" of India and Pakistan 14 August 1947, with its resulting religious rioting and heavy loss of life as their reason for forming The Progressive Artist's Group in Bombay in December 1947. The artists saw the Partition as a "turning point" for India, their new style of art was urged on by, was a turning point for, Indian Art. Husain's first solo exhibit was in 1952 in Zurich, his first U. S. A. exhibit was at India House in New York in 1964. His biography written by Akhilesh "Maqbool" is the most appreciated book published by Rajkamal Prakashan New Delhi He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1966. In 1967, he made his first film,Through the Eyes of a Painter It was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and won a Golden Bear short film award. Husain was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1971, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991.
His paintings hurt the religious sentiments of Hindu nationalist groups, which beginning in the 1990s mounted a campaign of protest against him. The paintings in question were created in 1970, but did not become an issue until 1996, when they were printed in Vichar Mimansa, a Hindi monthly magazine, which published them in an article headlined "M. F. Husain: A Painter or Butcher". In response, eight criminal complaints were filed against him. In 2004, Delhi High Court dismissed these complaints of "promoting enmity between different groups... by painting Hindu goddesses – Durga and Sarswati, compromised by Hindu fundamentalist groups." In 1998 Husain's house was attacked by Hindu fundamentalist groups like Bajrang Dal and art works were vandalised. The leadership of another fundamentalist political party Shiv Sena endorsed the attack. Twenty-six Bajrang Dal activists were arrested by the police. Protests against Husain led to the closure of an exhibition in England, he has produced & directed several movies, including Gaja Gamini.
The film was intended as a tribute to Ms. Dixit herself. In this film she can be seen portraying various forms and manifestations of womanhood including the muse of Kalidasa, the Mona Lisa, a rebel, musical euphoria, he appeared in a scene in film Mohabbat, which had Madhuri Dixit in lead role. In the film, the paintings that were done by Madhuri were Husain's, he went on to make Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities. The film was pulled out of cinemas a day after some Muslim organisations raised objections to one of the songs in it; the All-India Ulema Council complained. It argued; the council was supported by Muslim organisations like the Milli Council, All-India Muslim Council, Raza Academy, Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind and Jamat-e-Islami. Husain's son stated that the words were a phrase referring to divine beauty that were being sung by the central character played by Tabu, he said. Following the wave of protests the enraged artist withdrew his movie from cinemas; the film was well received by the critics and went on to win various awards.
In February 2006, Husain was charged with "hurting sentiments of people" because of his nude port
Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan Bangash is an Indian classical sarod player, best known for his clear and fast ekhara taans. Khan has performed internationally since the 1960s, he was awarded India's second highest civilian honor Padma Vibhushan in 2001. Khan first continued into the 2000s, with his sons, he has experimented with modifications to his instrument throughout his career. Khan played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico. In 2011, he performed on Carrie Newcomer's album Everything. Khan was awarded 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. Khan received Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 1991, Padma Vibhushan in 2001, was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1989 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2011, he was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004. The U. S. state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984. Khan was made an honorary citizen of Houston and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007.
He received the Banga-Vibhushan in 2011. A Gulzar directed documentary on Amjad Ali Khan won the Filmfare award in 1990. Born on 9 October 1945 as Masoom Ali Khan, the youngest of seven children, to Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan and Rahat Jahan, his family is part of the Bangash lineage and Khan is in the sixth generation of musicians. His personal name was changed by a sadhu to Amjad. Khan studied music under his father. In 1957, a cultural organization in Delhi appointed Hafiz Ali Khan as its guest and the family moved to Delhi.. Hafiz Ali Khan received training from the descendants of Tansen, the magical musician, was one of the'Nav-ratna' at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Thus, Amjad belongs to the lineage of Tansen. Friends of Hafiz Ali Khan convinced him of the importance of formal schooling for his son, he attended Modern School from 1958 to 1963. As a young bachelor, Amjad had an affair with an older woman, a divorcee and a mother; the affair lasted eight years. Amjad's family disapproved of the relationship from the beginning, in the early 1970s, as his father's health deteriorated, they convinced him to let go of this relationship and marry a girl chosen by them.
Amjad agreed to their wishes around the time of his father's death in 1972. However, although his wife came from similar background and was the same age as he, Amjad did not bond with her. On the other hand, he kept in touch with his previous lover and maintained a platonic friendship with her, not acceptable to his wife. Hardly a year after their wedding and his wife were blessed with a daughter. However, the marriage broke down around the time of the birth of the child; the process of separation and divorce was painful to their families. An unexpected outcome was that the process of divorce cured Amjad of his attachment to the divorced woman, by showing him the difference in thinking and mindset between them, gave him a clearer understanding of his cultural moorings and priorities, he bid goodbye to the divorced woman in 1975, was divorced from his wife the same year. Amjad's first wife got married a second time; the daughter born of this first marriage was raised by Amjad's brother, Rehmat Ali Khan, childless.
The following year, on 25 September 1976, Khan got married a second time. His bride was Bharatanatyam dancer Subhalakshmi Barooah, a Hindu woman hailing from Assam in north-eastern India, they have two sons and Ayaan, both of whom are performing artists trained in music by their father. Khan cared for his diabetic father until he died in 1972, their family home in Gwalior was made into a musical center and they live in New Delhi. North India: Instrumental Music of Medieval India Ragas Bilaskhani Todi & Brindabani Sarang The Rough Guide to the Music of India and Pakistan Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash Music from the 13th Century Moksha Confluence My Inspirations Romancing The Rains Samaagam Masterworks From The NCPA Archives "Sarod.com". Official website. Amjad Ali Khan at AllMusic
Gopal Swarup Pathak
Gopal Swarup Pathak was the fourth Vice President of India from August 1969 to August 1974. He was the first Indian Vice President not to succeed his superior as President, something all three of his predecessor did. Born on 26 February 1896 at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, he studied law at Allahabad University, he was the judge in Allahabad High Court 1945-46, member of Rajya Sabha 1960-66, Union Minister of Law 1966-67, Governor of Mysore state 1967-69 and Chancellor of Mysore University, Bangalore University and Karnataka University. Honored with "Proud Past Alumni" in the list of 42 members, from "Allahabad University Alumni Association", NCR, Ghaziabad Chapter 2007-2008 registered under society act 1860 with registration no. 407/2000. He died on 4 October 1982, his son R. S. Pathak was Chief Justice of India and one of the three judges from India to have been on the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Archived 11 February 2002 at the Wayback Machine
Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian music director and classical flutist, who plays the bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, in the Hindustani classical tradition. Chaurasia was born in Prayagraj in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, his mother died when he was 6. He had to learn music without his father's knowledge, he did go to the Akhada and train with his father for some time, although he started learning music and practising at his friend's house. He has stated, I was not any good at wrestling. I went there only to please my father, but maybe because of the strength and stamina I built up I'm able to play the bansuri to this day. Chaurasia started learning vocal music from his neighbour, Rajaram, at the age of 15, he switched to playing the flute under the tutelage of Bholanath Prasanna of Varanasi for eight years. He joined the All India Radio, Odisha in 1957 and worked as a composer and performer. Much while working for All India Radio, he received guidance from the reclusive Annapurna Devi, daughter of Baba Allaudin Khan.
She only agreed to teach him. Another version is that she only agreed to teach him after he took the decision to switch from right-handed to left-handed playing to show her his commitment. In any case Chaurasia plays left-handed to this day. Apart from classical music, Hariprasad has collaborated with Shivkumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari; the pair composed music for many popular movies, including Silsila and Chandni, created some popular songs. Pandit Chaurasia collaborated with Odia musician Bhubaneswar Mishra, forming the pair "Bhuban-Hari", the pair composed music for many Odia movies, creating numerous songs that were hugely popular in the state; these include Muje janena kaha baata. Pandit Chaurasia's nephew and pupil Rakesh Chaurasia is a accomplished flutist now, has been performing globally with such eminent maestros as Ustad Zakir Hussain, he serves as the artistic director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands. He was the founder of the Vrindavan Gurukul in Mumbai and Vrindavan Gurukul in Bhubaneshwar.
Both of these institutes are schools dedicated to training students in bansuri in the Guru-shishya tradition. He has collaborated with several western musicians, including John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Ken Lauber, has composed music for Indian films. Chaurasia played on The Beatles' 1968 B-side "The Inner Light", written by George Harrison. Chaurasia was married to Anuradha, he has three sons Vinay and Rajiv, five granddaughters and a single grandson. The 2013 documentary film Bansuri Guru features the life and legacy of Chaurasia and was directed by the musician's son Rajeev Chaurasia and produced by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Sangeet Natak Academy - 1984 Konark Samman - 1992 Padma Bhushan - 1992 Yash Bharati Samman - 1994 Padma Vibhushan - 2000 Pandit Chatur Lal Excellence Award - 2015 Hafiz Ali Khan Award - 2000 Dinanath Mangeshkar Award - 2000 Pune Pandit Award - 2008, by The Art & Music Foundation, India Akshaya Samman - 2009 Honorary Doctorate, North Orissa University - 2008 Honorary Doctorate, Utkal University - 2011 National Eminence award, NADA VIDYA BHARTI by Visakha Music and Dance Academy, Vizag - 2009 The 25 Greatest Global Living Legends In India by NDTV - 2013 Official biography "Woodwinds of Change" by Surjit Singh - 2008'Hariprasad Chaurasia and the Art of Improvisation', by Henri Tournier These are major albums released by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia 1967Call of the Valley with Shivkumar Sharma and Brij Bhushan Kabra1978Krishnadhwani 601981Pt.
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Flute1984Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia - Flute 1987Morning to Midnight Ragas - Morning Ragas1988Call of the Valley1989Venu Live in Ahmedabad'891990Immortal Series1991Megh Malhar1992Night Ragas Live in Amsterdam'92 Morning to Midnight Ragas - Afternoon Ragas All time Favourites Live from Sawai Gandharva Music Festival - Video Raga-s DU Nord Et Du Sud Immortal Series - Flute Fantasia1993Indian Classical Masters Daylight Ragas Flute - Hariprasad Chaurasia1994Thumri - The Music of Love In A Mellow Mood Possession Immortal Series - Devine Drupad Classic Greats1 - Ideas on Flute1995In Live Concert Cascades of Hindustani Music Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 4am to 7am Raga Bhairava: Integration Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 7am to 10am Raga Gurjari Todi: Compassion Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 10am to 1pm Raga Vrindavani Saranga: Greater Energy Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 1pm to 4pm Raga Multani: Affuence Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 4pm to 7pm Raga Marwa: Coherence Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 7pm to 10pm Raga Desh: Joy Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 10pm to 1am Raga Abhogi: Peaceful Slumber Maharishi Gandharva Veda - Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia - 1am to 4am Raga Sindhu Bhairavi: Gentleness Hariprasad Chaurasia - Flute Malhar-Chandrika Music 157 - Live in London Music - Flute Great Jugalbandis Music from the world of OSHO - Above & Beyond Prem Yog Written on the Wind Romantic Themes Saptarishi - Live at Siri Fort The Mystical Flute of Hari Prasad Chaurasia Maestro's Choice Basant Bahar Chaurasia's Choice1996Hari Prasad Chaurasia & his Divine Flute Flute Recital Valley Recalls - In search of Peace and Harmony Krishna's
H. R. Bhardwaj
Hansraj Bhardwaj is an Indian politician, Governor of Karnataka from 2009 to 2014. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, he holds the record of having the second longest tenure in Law Ministry since independence, after Ashoke Kumar Sen. He was the minister of state for nine years and a cabinet minister for law and justice for five years. At the end of his five-year term in 2014, Governor of Tamil Nadu, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Konijeti Rosaiah has replaced Bharadwaj as Governor of Karnataka. On 16 January 2012, he was given the additional charge of Governor of Kerala, which he abandoned on 9 March 2013. Bhardwaj was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1982, he served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice from 31 December 1984 to November 1989 and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1988. He was Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning and Programme Implementation from 21 June 1991 to 2 July 1992 and Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Company Affairs from 3 July 1992 to May 1996.
He was again re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1994 and April 2000, from 22 May 2004 to 28 May 2009 he served as Union Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice. Having represented Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, Bhardwaj was instead elected to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana on 20 March 2006, without opposition. Bhardwaj introduced the concept of rural courts during the UPA-I government. A media shy minister, the old Gandhi family loyalist handled the most sensitive and controversial cases in the Manmohan Singh cabinet between 2004 and 2009. From Bofors to office of profit and the failed attempt to remove Navin Chawla as election commissioner, were all deftly handled by the Congress veteran to the satisfaction of the Prime Minister and party leadership In March 2009, H. R. BharadwaJ was criticized for taking the initiative to de-freeze two bank accounts of Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors Scam case. In particular, it appears he did not consult the investigating agency CBI which had gotten the accounts frozen.
In July 2010, his comments on the powerful Bellary brothers, ministers in the B. S. Yeddyurappa government demanding their sacking for their alleged involvement in illegal mining generated a national debate; this was preceded by Bhardwaj rejecting the resignation of Justice Hegde. Bharadwaj received lots of flak from public and media for his unceremonious, scathing personal attack on Mysore university vice-chancellor V G Talawar when the latter was initiating action against former vice-chancellor J Shashidhar Prasad. Prasad is accused of committing irregularities in the recruitment of around 200 professors and readers during his tenure between 2003 and 2007 which are yet to be proved. On 21 January 2011, Governor Bhardwaj sanctioned the prosecution of Chief Minister of Karnataka under Prevention of Corruption Act, following several allegations of his involvement in land scams and seizure of trucks carrying illegally mined iron ore. However, on 7 March Karnataka High Court quashed this decision and the Lokayukta Police FIR.
The court observed, "The petitioner was condemned unheard and there is flagrant violation of principles of natural justice, fairness in administrative action and statutory provision". On 7 February 2011, Bharadwaj withheld the approval of honorary doctorate by the Bangalore University to noted historian and Kannada writer M. Chidananda Murthy. Chidananda Murthy had backed justice BK Somasekhara Commission's report on church attacks in Karnataka in 2008. Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana 2011, held in Bangalore, adopted a resolution to "condemn" the Governor's decision. Taking note of this, Bharadwaj agreed to give his approval after recommendations from bangalore university syndicates. In May 2011, Bhardwaj recommended President's rule in Karnataka after the ruling government lost support in the legislative assembly due to the level of charges levied against it and was forced to prove majority, having a narrow win. Speaking at an Editors' Guild seminar, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express, narrated an incident involving Arun Shourie and Bharadwaj.
During discussions that followed Rajiv Gandhi's Defamation Bill, Bharadwaj had asked Shourie to be more respectful in speaking since Bharadwaj had practiced law in Shourie's father's court in Rohtak. In response Shourie said "This much law should be known to a mofussil lawyer like you"